AKOUNAK TEDALAT TAHA TAZOUGHAI (RAIN THE COLOR OF BLUE WITH A LITTLE RED IN IT).
Dir. Christopher Kirkley. 2015. 75min. Narrative. Agadez, Niger.
Starring real life guitarist, Mdou Moctar, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai is the first-ever Tuareg language feature, and a remake of Prince’s Purple Rain. Akounak tells the universal story of a musician trying to make it against all odds, set against the backdrop of the raucous subculture of Tuareg guitar. Mdou must battle fierce competition from jealous musicians, overcome family conflicts, and endure the trials of love – all while coming to terms with one of the biggest barriers: himself. Musicologist/director Christopher Kirkley first heard the music of Moctar on cellphones in the Sahara and Sahel, where he has been living, traveling and recording music since 2009, then visited him in Niger and recorded a full length album.
ANAR. Dir. Christopher Kirkley. 2012. 4min. Music Video. Spain/Israel.
Moctar’s autotune jam is accompanied by footage from the Spaghetti Western, Tuareg – The Desert Warrior, starring Mark Harmon